To configure your workstation for Inventor
Autodesk Inventor is a professional CAD program for mechanical 3D design and product simulation. Inventor was developed for designers and engineers and convinces with its user-friendly usability.
The right CPU for Inventor
Autocad Inventor is a single-thread application for many functions. In order to achieve a good performance, a high clock rate of the processor and not the number of cores is decisive. Rely on a professional Xeon processor with Quad- or SixCore from 3.5 GHz. Intel Xeon processors of the E5 series offer you up to 22 cores and 44 threads. Specialized in parallel workloads, up to 55MB load-level cache ensure excellent results with Inventor.
When is a multi-core processor usefull?
Multi-core processors are supported by Inventor in special areas such as 3D applications and renderings. If you integrate these tasks into your workflow, we recommend two high-frequency Six- or Octa-Core processor from 3.5 GHz.
Adapting the working memory
The more complex your assemblies are, the more memory your workstation will need. As a basis 16GB are sufficient for smaller assemblies. For larger assemblies with more than 1,000 components, we recommend using 32 GB DDR RAM. DDR stands for Double Data Rate. The higher the number at the end, the more modern is your memory. For more than 5,000 components, we recommend 64 GB RAM. The RAM requirements vary depending on the complexity of your assemblies and their component geometry.
Definition of large assemblies
The size of the individual assemblies has a decisive influence on the performance of your hardware. The assembly size depends on the number of copies of a component, the complexity of the geometry and the level of detail in your drawings. Complex Inventor assemblies consist of 100,000 copies and 10,000 different components. We define a large assembly from 5,000 copies with 2,000 components. Pay very careful attention to processor speed and number of CPU cores. Large assemblies require sufficient memory. Make sure that the hard disk speed is suitable and that the graphics card has enough VRAM and CUDA cores.
Optimized graphics cards
Autodesk Inventor certifies and recommends only nVidia Quadro series graphics cards. We recommend the use of an nVidia Quadro card in your professional environment. Quadro cards ensure full Autodesk support in case of software problems. Certified Inventor nVidia graphics cards have special Open-GL drivers and ensure error-free and fast interaction with Autodesk Inventor. For optimal visualization results, we recommend a DirectX11 capable Nvidia Quadro M or P series graphics card with at least 4GB of graphics memory. The faster the graphics card, the better the performance you'll get when working with 3D models and their 3D assemblies. In order to be able to show the rotation of the view or the moving of elements smoothly, we recommend for smaller assemblies a nvidia Quadro P2000 with 5GB V-RAM. For medium-sized assemblies, we recommend a nVidia Quadro M4000 or P4000 with 8GB V-RAM. If you are working with larger assemblies from 5,000 components, an nVidia Quadro M6000 or P6000 with 12 GB V-RAM is the better choice.
Benefit from significantly faster loading times of an SSD hard disk. Solid-state hard drives dramatically reduce access times to their assemblies. The time you need to load and save a more complex assembly with Inventor is extremely accelerated by using an M.2 SSD. If you have a lot of complex project data that you need to keep for many years, we recommend that you set up a RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) array as RAID 1 (Mirror) for your data.